We’ve finally entered the beginning of summer kayaking season and J.T. Hartman and Quinn Martell already have a head start. In a recent video, they pound through the Deschutes River rapids of Bend, Oregon. The river is well known for its extensive collection of rapids ranging from Class I to VI, as well as its stunning scenery. The opening of the video is enough to get your adrenaline kicking, scenes of vicious whitewater ripping at the camera. Hartman and Martell make the mighty Deschutes their amusement park, stern squirting and kickflipping down the river. The pair surges through class V rapids, ruthlessly shredding into the icy water, while simultaneously making it look easy. Their electric energy and fast paced flow is enough to make you want to get on the river.
Here’s a quick reminder of how scary whitewater kayaking can turn in an instant. Paddler Archer McLeay was running BC’s Ryan River when he took the wrong line and ended up getting swallowed by an undercut he didn’t even realize was there. Miraculously, after realizing there was no way to roll up, he pulled his skirt and swam to a pocket of air and light he saw at the back of the cave. It led to an exit and he crawled back up on to the river bank, giving his buddies a real scare. His filmer
If this isn’t a hometown hero story, then we’re not sure what is. With skateboarding finally debuting in the Tokyo Olympics (a win for action sports in general), two Japanese riders took full advantage of their home court to make action sports history. First, in the men’s street competition, 22-year-old Yuto Horigome took home the first-ever skateboarding gold medal for his home country, only to be followed up by 13-year-old Momiji Nishiya in the women’s competition a day later. Horigome
If you haven’t already watched Rush Sturges’ latest whitewater film , do yourself a favor and toss it up on the ol’ tube tonight. Chronicling the story of legendary boater Scott Lindgren’s quest to paddle the four great rivers that originate from Tibet’s sacred Mount Kailash, the film dives deep into his struggle with trauma, addiction, and a life-threatening brain tumor. It’s an exploration of vulnerability within adventure sports culture and a look into mental health in high-stakes